PATRONS & TRUSTEES

AMBASSADORS

Ian Redmond OBE Welfare and Research Advisor

Ian Redmond OBE

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. He has served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.  He worked closely with the late Dr Dian Fossey, and is an advisor for several leading conservation NGO’s.  Amongst his many accolades, Ian was appointed OBE in 2006 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2011.  He is now an advisor on LWT’s     primate and elephant projects.

Lawi

Lawi

Lawi is best described as an Afro-soul, gospel, and country musician and one of Malawi’s most popular musicians as well as one of the country’s most famous musical exports. He has been an active Ambassador for the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust since our paths crossed in 2015, and performing at fundraisers, and helping to produce and starring in films and written music for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign. He uses his fame to reach out to the local audience and regularly speaks out in the media on contentious issues.

Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Joss Stone is a BRIT and Grammy award-winning soul singer and songwriter from Devon in the UK. Securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions soon after, Joss has performed with some of the industry greats including James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight. She has also collaborated with the likes of Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger, and has sold over 12 million albums to date.

2014 saw her complete work on her seventh studio album and start out on her most ambitious project to date – the Total World Tour. Her mission is to attempt to play a concert in every country on the planet, and Malawi made the cut in November 2016. As part of that visit, Joss visited the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and has since become an ambassador.

TRUSTEES

Brighton Kumchedwa

Brighton Kumchedwa

Brighton is Director of National Parks and Wildlife. As a well respected individual with 27 years experience in conservation, he offers invaluable advice and has ensured that LWT has support at the most influential levels of government.

Mark Sprong

Mark Sprong

Mark and Angela were the founders of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Mark is still the Chairman of the Trust. Angela was the chair of the fundraising committee which was instrumental in raising much needed funds and awareness in the early years. They made significant financial contributions through their company, Land & Lake Safaris and assigned the land on which the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is based, over to the Trust. What initially started as a local wild animal rescue facility has now matured into an influential and principled conservation organisation that influences the country.

Bev Trataris

Bev Trataris

Bev is a local businesswoman with a deep rooted passion for wildlife. She worked to improve conditions for the animals in Lilongwe Zoo for 3 years before LLWC came into existence and has worked tirelessly for the Centre from the very beginning, raising funds and on many occasions acting as a surrogate mother for orphaned baboons, vervets and duikers.

Julie Saunders

Julie Saunders

Julie is 3rd generation Malawian as a member of a family famous for their tea and coffee estates in the Southern Region. She has long been a conservation activist, working with the Nyika-Vwaza Trust for many years amongst others, and accepted the invitation to join the board in 2015.

Ton de Rooy

Ton de Rooy

Ton is Managing Director of Robin Pope Safaris. His financial, marketing and operations advice is invaluable.

Laurie Webb

Laurie Webb

Laurie has been a Trustee of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust since 2011. He is a keen and active conservationist and environmentalist and was an honorary ranger in Zambia for The Department of Parks and Wildlife in the late 1990’s.  

Laurie holds a business management and marketing diploma he has been involved in the corporate/commercial arena as well as his own businesses for 35 years. As well as general farming he has over 25 years’ experience in the smallholder farmer sector.

In addition to the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust he currently and has served as a trustee on the Kuti Community Wildlife Reserve since 2001 and serves as a member on the boards of 5 other organisations.

Rod Hagger

Rod Hagger

Rod Hagger was, until his retirement in 2016, the Managing Director of Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company in Malawi. He was appointed to this role in March 2012 to work closely with the Malawi Government and the Tobacco Industry in order to facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Production System (IPS) in tobacco and other crops. Prior to this, in 2003, he was appointed MD of Mozambique Leaf Tobacco Company (MLT) to coordinate the formation of a new company which entailed the building of a processing facility in Tete and the subsequent training of 2,000 of its newly recruited employees. It is here that the direct contract farming system, or IPS, was developed into a successful and sustainable model with 100,000 smallholder growers. Today MLT is globally recognised as the flagship operation in the Universal Group of companies.